Pinot Auxerrois H Josmeyer 2018

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Pinot Auxerrois is often just referred to as Auxerrois and is a fairly widely placted grape in Alsace and other parts of Europe. What makes this wine special is a small parcel of 60 year old vines of this grape located on the Grand Cru Hengst vineyard. Although the wine can;t be called Grand Cru, because of the grape, the quality is nevertheless exceptionally high. The grapes are hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed very slowly and gently in pneumatic presses over 5-8 hours. Natural fermentation ensues with indigenous yeasts and then the wine is passed to stainless steel and large oak barrels for maturation. A deep, complex wine which may take some time to open and reveal its layers of ripe cooking apple, buts, minerals and creamy texture.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine Josmeyer
Country France
Region Alsace, France
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Pinot Auxerrois
Alcohol 12.5% abv
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years

It’s less common to find a producer that moves as comfortably with the ‘iconic’ label in conventional wine circles as it does in the Biodynamic world, but for Josmeyer, this is the case. Perhaps it’s the history associated with the estate; or perhaps it’s that insightfully and traditionally made wines from high quality grapes in the end, create few enemies. 

The estate was established in 1854 in the charming village of Wintzenheim and spans over 28 hectares of prime Alsatian terroir. The Meyer family has owned and operated the winery for five generations. In the 1990s, Jean Meyer made the bold decision to shift the estate to organic and biodynamic practices, which is credited with transforming it into one of the premier wineries in Alsace. After his passing, his daughters, Celine and Isabelle, took over the management of the winery and now produce the stunning wines made today. 

Wintzenheim's low annual rainfall, which is among the lowest in France, benefits the estate, which comprises five unique terroirs, two of which have achieved Grand Cru status: Hengst and Brand. At Josmeyer grapes are carefully handpicked and pressed before undergoing natural fermentation in 100-year-old casks, where they are aged on the lees. Josmeyer's wines are renowned for their freshness, complexity, and minerality, with each of the five terroirs contributing to the distinct expressions of the grape varieties.



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  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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